Continental presents a Left-turn Assist based on V2X at the Frankfurt Motor Show

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Continental presented a Left-turn Assist based on V2X technology. This technology issues an audible and visual warning to alert the driver of an impending collision due to the presence of a hidden approaching vehicle during a left-turn maneuver. Other functions that Continental offers with its V2X technology include the Electronic Brake Light and the Roadworks Assistant.

continental2At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the international automotive supplier Continental presented a Left-turn Assist based on Vehicle-to-X (V2X) technology. This technology issues an audible and visual warning to alert the driver of an impending collision due to the presence of a hidden approaching vehicle during a left-turn maneuver. This is a well-known hazard that occurs most frequently during left-turn maneuvers at intersections. Automatic intervention is only triggered if the driver fails to observe the warning despite the increasing probability of an accident.

continental1Other functions that Continental offers with its V2X technology include the Electronic Brake Light and the Roadworks Assistant. The Electronic Brake Light contributes to forward-looking driving by informing the driver that a vehicle further ahead in traffic is braking, even if it cannot be seen yet. This information can be very valuable, in particular on winding country roads. If a vehicle is approaching roadworks, the Roadworks Assistant supplies information about their location, length and also recommends the lane the driver should choose to ensure optimum traffic flow.

At the technical level, with its so-called V2X OneBox, Continental provides a product solution for this vehicle safety system, which contains all the components required for V2X communication  and implements ad-hoc communication. The OneBox can be integrated in the existing vehicle architecture and is based on a modular system, which is already compatible with next-generation applications, such as the initiation of emergency braking maneuvers instead of warnings.

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2014 shows that V2X functions can improve road safety and prevent accidents. In this way, V2X communication is able to save approximately 1,100 lives and to prevent up to 600,000 accidents in the US every year. These figures are the reason why legislators in North America are already working on making the introduction of V2X mandatory in new vehicles. V2X communication represents another important contribution on the way to automated driving and the realization of “Vision Zero” – the vision of accident-free driving.


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